Answered By: Bethany Marston, Learning Services Coordinator Last Updated: May 29, 2019 Views: 35
What does it mean to have a growth mindset?
When someone has a growth mindset they believe that they can continue to learn and become more intelligent with effort. In contrast, someone who has a fixed mindset believes that they are born with a certain amount of talent and intelligence and that cannot be improved no matter how much effort they put forth.
Why is having a growth mindset important as a student and professional?
Having a growth mindset is something that employers are always looking for. If you believe that you can learn and become more skilled and intelligent you will be a harder worker and you will excel in whatever you do. As a student, you will be open to learning new things and new information will come easily to you.
What are the biggest differences between having a fixed mindset and a growth mindset?
One of the biggest differences between these two mindsets is how one handles mistakes and criticism. Someone with a growth mindset sees mistakes as a learning opportunity and openly accepts criticism because they believe it will help them grow. Someone with a fixed mindset often gives up and takes criticism personally.
Resources: Check out these great resources for more information on growth mindset!
- Growth Mindset = Higher Achievement
- Mindset Matters
- Teaching a Growth Mindset: Unleashing the Learning Machine Video
- Fixed versus Growth Mindset